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Rule of the Bone by Russell Banks
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Jul 22, 12

Read from July 06 to 22, 2012

A very interesting take on the mind set of a downtrodden kid in upstate New York, a typical working class white boy, broken family, hanging out in the mall, dealing drugs. Hie life of petty crime eventually leads him to Jamaica to hang out with the Maroons, the most fearsome descendants of runaway slaves. There he also discovers his long-lost father.
Some of the time there was a lot of swallowing of disbelief at the plot developments. But what kept me going was the very authentic dialogue. Banks has a real ear for the way adolescents communicate, especially boys. The Jamaican dialogue was a little bit harder for him to recreate. The adults in the story were a bunch of shits, a vey bleak world.

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